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Laws that curtail the freedom of speech do not help democracy Free speech is the essence of democracy.

 

Access to information or a2i is one of the most significant terms nowadays in Bangladesh.

 

In an ideal world, journalism is a profession of incredible integrity. Good journalists are among the most dexterous and skilled people in the world — and also the most respected.

 
In Khaled Hosseini’s novel about life in Afghanistan, A Thousand Splendid Suns, the character Nana, a poor unwed mother, gives this grim advice to her five-year-old daughter, Mariam. In 25 words, she tries to sum up the way the world thinks Muslim men govern the lives of women in the world of Islam  
 
The message on Mujibnagar Day must be simple but comprehensive in its theme. It is that on 17 April 1971, for the first time in history, a government formed by a Bengali political leadership took upon itself the onerous task of organizing resistance to the Pakistan occupation army through shaping a clear battlefield strategy. On that day, history took a new turn for the people of Bangladesh, for it was men like Tajuddin Ahmad, Syed Nazrul Islam, AHM Quamruzzaman and M. Mansoor Ali who went ahead in providing leadership to a nation prepared to make sacrifices at the call of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.  
 
 Looking to offset China’s increasing interest in India’s backyard, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been flexing his diplomatic muscles. This explains the recent announcement of US$4.5 billion worth of concessional loans to Bangladesh on the visit of that country’s prime minister’s visit to New Delhi. The two sides signed a total of 22 agreements in major sectors, including civil nuclear energy.  
 

For things to change, corruption needs to be rooted out of the system so that public funds are no longer used to subsidise loss-making sectors.

 

The idea of exclusive sphere of influence of India and China with “No Entry” sign for the other is an outdated concept

 

Genocide Day is a great way to commemorate our national history

 

The upcoming visit by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India has generated a lot of excitement and expectations among the people in both Bangladesh and India. 

 


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Stepping up action against terrorists attacking India, President Donald Trump's Administration has declared Hizb-ul Mujahideen (HM) a “global terrorist organisation” in an attempt to choke off financial and other support to it.
 
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On 14 August 1947 Pakistan, consisting of East and West Pakistan, celebrated its independence. The 14th was chosen for the ceremony because Lord Mountbatten who came to Karachi as the Chief Guest had to later leave for Delhi where ot the midnight stroke India was to declare its independence.
 
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As talk of war and violence -- all that Mahatma Gandhi stood against -- gains prominence across the world, a Gandhian scholar has urged that the teachings of the apostle of non-violence be taken to the classroom.

 
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Interview with Hudson Institute’s Aparna Pande, whose book From Chanakya to Modi: Evolution of India’s Foreign Policy, was released on June 17.

 
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This is the continuing amazing spiritual journey of a Muslim man from Kerala who plunged into Vedic religion after a chance encounter with a Hindu mystic under a jackfruit tree in the backyard of his house when he was just nine. It is a story w...

 
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History is told by the victors but in our modern age, even contemporary events get - or are given - a slant, where some contributors soon get eclipsed from the narrative or their images tarnished.

 
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